Rochester Community School District bond projects include construction, technology updates
Six Rochester Community School District summer bond construction projects will be finished in time for students to return to school on Sept. 5.
Summer construction projects benefit Baldwin, Hamlin, Hugger, and Musson Elementary Schools, Rochester High School and West Middle School.
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“The pace at which our contractors have been working is truly remarkable. While the projects vary in size and scope, each construction project on its own would be a sizeable task to complete in the short weeks of summer, but we are working on seven at one time,” said Superintendent Robert Shaner in a statement. “We are fortunate to have such skilled professionals on our team who are dedicated to keeping the projects on schedule and true to the district’s mission.”
Construction at Adams High School is also underway and the district plans to break ground in September for the ACE, Adult Special Education, and Adult Center for Education building.
The Rochester community approved in November 2015 a $185 million bond proposal.
To date, $46 million has been awarded for construction projects. Bond projects also have focused on updating district technology. “We have designed and implemented a robust wired and wireless network and completed many infrastructure updates across the district. Efforts are now focused on updating devices and classroom and media center technology,” said Director of Technology and Strategic Initiatives Cindy Lindner in a statement.
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The district has provided 1,300 computers to teachers and administrators district wide; installed clocks and 250 SMART boards at Rochester High, West, Baldwin, Hamlin, Hugger and Musson, and 60 more in all other buildings; provided 36 mobile labs district wide; installed 2,000 phones and 600 surveillance cameras. PA systems will be installed across the district by December 2017.